oa African Yearbook of Rhetoric - Retórica y censura literaria durante la ùltima dictadura en Argentina

Volume 4, Issue 2-3
  • ISSN : 2220-2188
  • E-ISSN: 2305-7785



Intelligence files produced during the last Argentinean dictatorship about literary works display a range of rhetorical devices, which include inter alia the use of ethos, logos and pathos. This chapter focuses on police files pertaining to a children's storybook, by Álvaro Yunque, and the novel by Haroldo Conti, held at the Archive of the Direction of Intelligence of the Police of the Province of Buenos Aires, are an excellent example. This chapter describes the enunciation scene set up by the files, the manner in which the global scene, the generic scene and the scenography are configured in the different segments and sections, together with and analysis of techniques and rhetorical strategies (such as speech as an orator's act and the relationship between the group and its members), considered as ways to legitimate a practice meant to qualify and eventually ban literary texts, and used by the political-ideological intelligence of the last Argentine dictatorship. Additionally, we analyze the construction of "self-image", which varies in these files between the very rationality of the bureaucratic functioning and the subjectivities of those who carry on the elaboration duty, and the discursive utilization of emotional or "pathemic" effects directed at police functionaries.

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